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Bycatch Data Collection Key Focus at Lobster Forum

The implementation of a bycatch data collection system for Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) 33, 34 and 35 by the 2018/19 harvest season was a key focus at the second annual Southwest Nova Scotia Lobster Forum in Yarmouth. Hosted by the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association, the Maritime Fishermen’s Union, the Coldwater Lobstermen’s Association and the Scotia Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association, more than 100 fishermen from all three LFAs attended the forum, which dealt with ...

Right Whale Mortality Unprecedented

The death of at least 13 critically endangered North American right whales in Canadian waters this summer could have “huge potential for impact” on the fishing industry, fishermen were told during the southwestern Nova Scotia Lobster Fishermen’s Forum in Yarmouth on September 20. A panel discussion at the forum on Marine Mammal Issues brought together Cathy Merriman, DFO species at risk biologist, Tonya Wimmer, director and founder of the Marine Animal Response Society (MARS) and Bay ...

Organizers Pleased with Lobster Forum Outcome

Organizers of the second annual SWNS Lobster Forum say they are “extremely pleased with the results of the event this year” which brought together more than 100 fishermen from the region as well as industry, government and academic experts to inform, discuss and plan for the future of the lobster fishery. A co-operative effort by the MFU Local 9, Coldwater Lobster Association, Scotia Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association and the Bay of Fundy Fishermen’s Association, the forum covered ...

N.L. Aquaculture Industry Receives Major Boost

The aquaculture industry is about to enter a period of growth in Newfoundland and Labrador, if the provincial government gets its way. Premier Dwight Ball recently announced the launch of 28 actions that will promote new careers and bright futures through sustainable aquaculture development. Actions to support growth within the aquaculture industry include: Responding to the human resource needs of the industry with tailored labour market supports, immigration attraction, and efforts ...

A Chronology of the Atlantic Canadian Marine Industries

There is a saying that the only constant in life is change itself. Nowhere is this adage more prevalent than in the modern Atlantic Canadian fishery. The last two decades have seen enormous change, upheaval, triumphs, failures and tragedy in this centuries-old industry and The Navigator has been there to cover, interpret and explain these ongoing changes. All one has to do is look at a simple 20-year chronology The Navigator to witness the enormous flux and transitions that have taken ...

Onwards and Upwards Navigator

Looking back over 60 years involvement with the fishery, it is always nice to focus on important milestones, especially the really positive ones. The Navigator is certainly one of those. I remember with fond memories the call from the TriNav trio to help plan a fisheries magazine a couple of years after they formed their company. After its launch and writing many articles over the years, it was a wonderful feeling to see it flourish and grow. My wish is that the magazine continues to ...

Staying the Course

TriNav Group Directors (from left) Trevor Decker, Paul Pinhorn and Rick Young discuss the launch for the first edition of The Navigator back in 1997. No one said it was going to be easy. And it wasn’t. There were a few choppy seas along the way but it worked — The Navigator Magazine is 20 years old this month and going as strong as ever. It all started in 1997 — a milestone year for me. After spending more than 30 years behind a microphone, I took an early retirement from ...

The Navigator: Charting A Course for the Future

In this age of virtually countless and questionable news and information sources, The Navigator Magazine is more relevant than ever. Not too long ago, if information appeared in print, or online in more recent years, it was pretty much assumed that the reader could trust its accuracy. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. In this ever-changing, 24-hour news cycle, anyone in almost ever corner of the world can post information, leaving it up to the overwhelmed reader to determine its ...

Concern Replacing Optimism in LFA 25

Fall P.E.I. Lobster Fishermen Face Disappointing Lull in Price Per Pound There was a great deal of optimism this year as Prince Edward Island lobster fishermen with fall licences started gearing up for their season — but it didn’t last. There are about 254 boats from P.E.I. who participate in the Northumberland Strait lobster fishery in Lobster Fishing Area (LFA) 25. The season runs this year from Aug. 8 to about Oct. 8. By any leap of logic, the captains had good reason to have a ...

Rising Canadian Dollar and Inventory Concerning For N.S. Lobster Fishermen

Above photo: The Lower Woods Harbour wharf is piled high with lobster traps as fishermen prepared for dumping day last fall. A rising Canadian dollar, low shore prices where commercial fishing seasons are currently open, and ample inventory for processors as well as the live market are adding up to an uncertainty for the opening marketing conditions for the LFA 33 and 34 lobster fishery. Photo by Kathy Johnson Uncertainty would probably be the best way to describe any forecast for the ...